Joseph Bruchac is a citizen of the Nulhegan Abenaki Nation, who has authored over 170 books and has appeared in publications from Parabola and National Geographic to The Paris Review. His experiences include teaching in Ghana and running a college program inside a maximum-security prison. Time Magazine listed his novel Code Talker as one of the 100 Best YA books of All Time. Dr. Bruchac’s novel in verse, Rez Dogs, was one of NPR’s Best Books of 2021.
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Meghan Dietsche Goel
Meghan Dietsche Goel has been the Children’s Book Buyer & Programming Director for BookPeople in Austin, TX since 2005 and serves as the programming director for the Texas Teen Book Festival, which she helped launch in 2009. She also writes about books and bookselling for Publisher’s Weekly’s “ShelfTalker.” She has served as President of the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association and worked in editorial at HarperCollins Children’s Books.
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Jewell Parker Rhodes
Jewell Parker Rhodes is the award-winning author of several books for adults and young people including the New York Times bestsellers Ghost Boys and Black Brother, Black Brother. Dr. Rhodes is the Founding Artistic Director of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, and the Virginia G. Piper Endowed Chair and Narrative Studies Professor at Arizona State University.
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Lilliam Rivera is an award-winning author of the young adult novels We Light Up the Sky; Never Look Back, a Pura Belpré Honor book; Dealing in Dreams; and The Education of Margot Sanchez, as well as the Goldie Vance series for middle-grade readers and the graphic novel, Unearthed: A Jessica Cruz Story. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, TheWashington Post, and Elle, among others. Lilliam lives in Los Angeles.
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